US Department of Energy’s Advanced Research Projects Agency-Energy (ARPA-E) to hold LENR Workshop:
Thanks to Ahlfors to bring this to our attention, I think it deserves much more attention, as it yet another official recognition of LENR as a valid field of Research in great need of funding and further development.
2021.11.12. Updated with slides from the workshop published.
Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions Workshop
October 21-22, 2021
The objective of this workshop is to explore compelling R&D opportunities in Low-Energy Nuclear Reactions (LENR) , in support of developing metrics for a potential ARPA-E R&D program in LENR. Despite a large body of empirical evidence for LENR that has been reported internationally over the past 30+ years in both published and unpublished materials, as well as multiple books, there still does not exist a widely accepted, on-demand, repeatable LENR experiment nor a sound theoretical basis. This has led to a stalemate where adequate funding is not accessible to establish irrefutable evidence and understanding of LENR, and lack of the latter precludes the field from accessing adequate funding. Building on and leveraging the most promising recent developments in LENR research, ARPA-E envisions a potential two-phase approach toward breaking this stalemate:
- 1. Support targeted R&D toward establishing at least one on-demand, repeatable LENR experiment with diagnostic evidence that is convincing to the wider scientific community (focus of this workshop);
- 2. If phase 1 above is successful (metrics to be determined), support a broader range of R&D activities (to be defined later) toward better understanding of LENR and its potential for scale-up toward disruptive energy applications, thus setting up LENR for broader and more systematic support by both the public and private sectors.
Familiar LENR researcher names that will have a role in the development of the workshop are:
David Nagel, Florian Metzler, David McKubre, Robert Duncan,
Also one expert of Calorimetry (David Fork) and Matt Trevithick, both officially participating as Google representatives.
Of special interest is that will involve a “lightning session” with private sector enterprises:
Clean Planet, Industrial Heat, Brillouin Energy, LENRIA, Limitless Space Institute, Anthropocene Institute (5 each followed by Q&A/discussion) .
Also of note the foot page that acknowledges LENR as:
“For the purposes of this workshop, LENR is defined as a not-yet-understood process (or class of processes) characterized by system energy outputs characteristic of nuclear physics (typically >> 1 keV/amu/reaction) and energy inputs characteristic of chemistry (~eV/atom).“